Laura J. Kreger

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Laura Jane Kreger, age 83, of Gaylord, Michigan, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on October 1, 2023.

She was born in Gaylord on April 10, 1940, one of nine children of Ernest and Violet (Koronka) Dowker.

In 1958, she married her husband, Dale Kreger, and together they owned and operated the Busy Bee Market in Johannesburg, until his passing in 2008.

She is survived by her 4 children; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren, to whom she loved very much.

Laura was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; and granddaughter, Lauren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 13, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. and a private burial to follow.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734. www.nelsonsfuneralhome.com

29 comments on “Laura J. Kreger”

  1. I worked with Laura at OMH. I always thought she was a wise classy woman. I was always happy to see her after she retired. You will all be in my prayers

  2. Joni Rusnell (Gapinski)

    So sorry for the loss of Laura. She was such a sweet lady. Always so nice to me, as I’m sure with everyone. Your family is in my prayers for your healing. Always remembered.

  3. My heart goes out to the Kreger family in this time of sorrow. I will never forget Laura’s sweet smile and her kindness to me. May her dear soul rest in peace.

  4. I always remember Laura’s kind smile when I’d stop into Busy Bee after school. May she rest in peace.

  5. Charmaine Boughner

    Oh gosh this breaks my heart!
    Laura was the most beautiful person inside and out! Peace and love to all of you ❣️

  6. I work with Laura at OMH for many years. She was a joy to work with and a dedicated employee. Sending Prayers for your loss.

  7. I worked with Laura at O M H when I was a co-op student. I learned so much from her but she made things fun too. Such a kind lady.

  8. Bonnie Dipzinski

    Laura was always so kind she was a nice looking lady. She was always good for a laugh when I went into busy bee she will be missed greatly!!! My heart goes out to all her kids hard losing a parent. Peace be with you.πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

  9. Greg, Kathy, Dennis and Mark,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was such a sweet person with the warmest smile ever! A true gem! Praying for peace and comfort for your families.

  10. cheryl (prusakiewicz)millimaki

    Mark, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I did not know her but it is difficult loosing a parent. Prayers for you and your family.

  11. Laura was best neighbor and friend ever.
    Kind, loving, honest and most of all helpful,
    Laura helped raise our Codee and Cassidy, and a constant thru our medical challenges.
    She and Dale ALWAYs welcomed giggle-filled visits.
    She was so brave in her challenges ;a role-model for her wonderful boys, her fine daughter, and for certain us.
    Miss you girlfriend.
    Much love to her family.

  12. So sorry for your loss. Laura was a wonderful person I knew her well as she was a neighbor of Aunt Helen and Uncle Art. I always enjoyed talking to her.

  13. Mark –we are so saddened to hear about your mother. Mindy and I hope you can find peace and comfort with all of the people who are dear to you. Our sincere condolences.

  14. I worked with Laura at the hospital many years ago, she was always so sweet and had a smile for everyone. May she rest in peace.

  15. I knew Laura from OMH, when I was an aide, in the early 70s. She was a competent nurse, who cared for her patients and the students she was working with. .. Vikki (Koronka) Beltz

  16. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Laura was a gift to many people. She was always thoughtful and kind; and it made my day to have a laugh with her. She was a wonderful friend. She said that she would hold The Gate open for me the last time we spoke.
    What a blessing to know she’s there.
    May her memory be eternal.

    Dorothy Cooley

  17. So sad to hear of Laura’s passing-she was an amazing beautiful woman who always seemed to be smiling and her laugh was infectious. She and my mom worked at OMH together as well and became good friends and traveling buddies. I love her kids as my surrogate brothers and little sister-thoughts and prayers are with you all. πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸ»πŸ₯°

  18. Kathy Weaver Sobocinski

    I am so very sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. She was aways smiling and so kind. The family was and is so much like her. It is a difficult time for you all. May you have the Lord’s comfort in the days ahead πŸ™β€οΈ

  19. Diane Tracey Snyder

    I love you Aunt Laura you will be missed. I have so many great memories growing up with you.
    I will pray for you and family. Rest in peace. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ™

  20. Barb Weaver Conklin

    I am saddened by the passing of such a beautiful and loving friend of my family. I have many fond memories going back to my childhood of being in the Dowker home and feeling like a part of the family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ™πŸ»

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